Introduction To Jacques Lacan

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Jacques Lacan is one of the most challenging and controversial contemporary thinkers, as well as the most influential psychoanalyst since Freud. Lacanian theory has reached far beyond the consulting room to engage with such diverse disciplines as literature, film, gender and social theory. This introduction provides an accessible guide to Lacanian concepts and his writing on:

This introduction locates Lacan's work in the context of contemporary French thought and the history of psychoanalysis. With a unique focus on historical and intellectual contexts, the introduction examas Lacan's signifiance, motivation, key ideas and their sources, and his impact on other thinkers.

The Imaginary

The Symbolic

The Oedipus Complex and the Meaning of the Phallus

The Subject of the Unconscious

Sexual Difference